The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County

Life Sciences & GLOBAL Health careers

The Puget Sound region, especially Seattle-King County, is an important hub for the life sciences, with nearly 160 companies and over 15,000 employees here. During the last 10 years, the industry has grown by 90%.

The life sciences and global health generally fall into four areas:

  • Biotechnology—research and development in the fields of agriculture, energy, veterinary, forensics and others.
  • Medical devices—designing and making products for the body, from thermometers and blood-sugar meters to artificial hearts, replacement legs and X-ray machines.
  • Pharmaceuticals—developing and making medicines and drugs.
  • Medical and global-health research—finding new cures and treatments, and new ways to address public-health problems around the world.

Life Sciences and global health resources: